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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The White-Pool House

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
1. The White-Pool House Marker
Inscription. Charles White (1824-1905) moved his family here from Indiana seeking new business opportunities and a drier climate for his wife's health. With the aid of his sons Wilfred Walton White and Herbert Haughton White, he constructed this two-story brick residence in 1887, four years before the organization of Ector County. They modeled the home after their house in Indiana, adapting the style to the available building materials of the area. White farmed his 640-acre tract and also owned a mercantile store on the courthouse square.

White's original tract, sold following his death, was divided by later real state transactions. In 1923 the house and fifty acres were purchased by Oso William Pool (b. 1891) who had homesteaded land in New Mexico prior to his service in World War I.

During the housing shortage created by the area oil boom of 1927, Pool converted his residence into apartments and subdivided the surrounding land for sale as individual lots. Later that year he married Helen Augutha Voss and they occupied the front part of the house. They moved in 1929, but members of the Pool family retained possession of the home until Oso Pool donated it to the county in 1977.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1980
 
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission
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By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
2. The White-Pool House Marker
. (Marker Number 5786.)
 
Location. 31° 50.532′ N, 102° 21.849′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from East Murphy Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the east side of the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 East Murphy Street, Odessa TX 79761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of The Dawson Saloon (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Odessa Telephone Exchange (approx. 0.4 miles away); Odessa Land & Townsite Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Livery Stable and Wagon Yard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of The Odessa Sanitarium (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Matthew D. Ector (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ector County Land Rush (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ector County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The White-Pool House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
3. The White-Pool House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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